Read the text messages at the center of the Ted Cruz scandal

CANCUN MEXICO- FEBRUARY 18 Sen. Ted Cruz checks in for a flight at Cancun International Airport after a backlash over his Mexican family vacation as his home state of Texas endured a Winter storm

They also suggest the family planned the getaway at the last minute and meant to stay in Cancun for close to a week. "We may go to Cancun there is a direct flights at 4:45pm and hotels w capacity", Heidi Cruz wrote early Wednesday morning.

The embarrassing disaster has China rubbing its hands in glee even as President Biden is walking Washington back into the climate change accord which his predecessor Donald Trump took the USA out of to walk into the cold.

'We were huddled around the fireplace behind me because it was the only heat in the house.

"In hindsight, if I had understood how it would be perceived, the reaction people would have had, obviously I wouldn't have done it", said Cruz in an interview with ABC News.

Ted Cruz initially claimed he was "trying to be a good dad" but also let it slip on Thursday night that he had planned to stay in Cancun through Sunday. A story on Fox News about Cruz's south-of-the-border excursion attracted more than 10,000 comments. "With school cancelled for the week", he said, "our girls asked to take a trip with friends".

The move by the Republican senator has sparked criticism from his political opposition in Texas, who argued that he should resign. Cruz said he and his wife agreed, and he made a decision to accompany them, then return the next day. "We want our power back, our water on, and our homes warm".

"I started having second thoughts, really as I sat down on the plane, as I started leaving".

'Because the crisis here in Texas you need to be on the ground, because as much as you can do by phone and Zoom, it's not the same.

Sen. Ted Cruz R-Texas, speaks to the media during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

"Don't Mess With Texas", an anti-littering slogan that is now seen as a declaration of independent identity and Texas swagger didn't stand a chance against Mother Nature, messing with which global warming experts say is what has caused havoc in the hydrocarbon-rich state.

"That's something that he has to answer to his constituents about", Texas GOP Chair Allen West said when asked whether Cruz's travel was appropriate while Texans are without power and water.

The Associated Press reports about 325,000 homes and businesses remained without power in Texas lat Thursday, down from about 3 million a day earlier.

Texas officials ordered seven million people - one-quarter of the population of the nation's second-largest state - to boil tap water before drinking the water, after days of record low temperatures that damaged infrastructure and froze pipes.

With Texas paralyzed by a winter storm, U.S. Sen.

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